The Series has been designed to make it the perfect driver training ground, not only for GP2, but also for Formula One. 2016 sees the introduction of the third generation car. The GP3/16 has a brand new Mecachrome bespoke design engine, revised aerodynamics and updates electronics. Using the same chassis, engine and tyre suppliers, the young drivers must showcase their skills both in speed and in managing tyres, just like they will have to do when they move up the motor sport ladder.
By far GP3’s biggest selling point is the excitement its races provide for the fans. With two races per weekend, reverse grids and 24 identical cars on display, the series never fails to enthral and entertain. There is also the added bonus of being able to catch the Formula One™ race after GP3 has packed up for the day.
Three of the GP3 champions have reached the impressive heights of Formula 1. The second GP3 champion Valtteri Bottas has completed his third season with Williams Martini Racing, whilst his successor Daniil Kvyat is starting his second year at Infiniti Red Bull Racing after a successful debut year with Scuderia Toro Rosso. The inaugural title winner Esteban Gutiérrez drove for Sauber F1 Team for two consecutive years, which was subsequently followed by his appointment as Scuderia Ferrari Test and Reserve driver. The Mexican returned to the grid with newcomers Haas F1 Team in 2016.